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Miscellaneous Herreshoff Topics / Antique & Classic Boat Festival
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:41:11 PM »
CALLING ALL CLASSIC BOATS to the 32nd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival, August 23-24, at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina in historic Salem, Massachusetts!  Sailboats, powerboats, hand-powered craft, reproductions – all are welcome.  Come to rendezvous with kindred spirits and display your vintage boat.  She doesn’t have to be in “show” condition.  The spirit of the Festival is to gather together the grand old craft and all who love them.  Our web site at and facebook will give you the flavor of the event.  For information, please call Pat at 617-666-8530  or email

Miscellaneous Herreshoff Topics / Centennial Celebration
« on: January 18, 2014, 01:10:37 PM »
As you probably know, the Newport 29, the 12 1/2 footer, and the Buzzards Bay 25 were all introduced in 1914.  This year marks their 100th year, and several commemorative events are being planned.  We encourage you to attend as many of these as you can:

Classic Yacht Symposium               Bristol, RI                  May 2 - 4, 2014                      (401) 253-5000
Wooden Boat Show                       Mystic, CT                  June 27 - 29, 2014                  (207) 359-4651
Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta    Bristol, RI                   August 22 - 24, 2014               (401) 253-5000
Opera House Cup                          Nantucket, MA            August 17, 2014                      (508) 325-7755
Coecles Harbor Regatta                 Shelter Island, NY       September 12, 2014                (631) 749-0700
If you have any questions, you can call the number associated with the event or contact Andy Giblin at (860) 572-7710.

-Steve Nagy

Miscellaneous Herreshoff Topics / 2014 Classic Yacht Symposium
« on: June 19, 2013, 02:30:53 PM »
The 6th Classic Yacht Symposium will be held at the Herreshoff Marine Museum on May 2 - 4, 2014.  2014 is the centennial year for the 12-1/2, the Buzzards Bay 25, and the Newport 29.  The Symposium committee is soliciting "short papers" on topics related to the centennial boats.  If you are interested in preparing a paper, you have until June 28th to submit an abstract of only 50 words or so that describe what you propose to discuss.  Having participated in the past, I can report that the Symposia are great events and preparing a paper is a rewarding experience.


Herreshoff Boats For Sale / Dave Corcoran's WH15 ORPHAN is Available
« on: February 03, 2013, 02:03:21 PM »
The late Dave Corcoran is renowned for the high quality of his authentic Herreshoff reproductions.  His personal WH 15 is now available ... check this out:

Herreshoff Boats For Sale / Herreshoff Dinghy
« on: May 14, 2012, 12:20:47 PM »
An authentic 11-1/2 foot HMCo dinghy is available.  The boat is in Maine and needs some work, but is the real thing.  Contact Charley at or (207) 322-7070.

Herreshoff Designs Not Built By HMCo / Marlin
« on: May 14, 2012, 12:18:22 PM »
Four Marlins were built by HMCo in the late 1930s, and an additional wooden one was built by Warren Shipbuilding in 1947, prior to Cape Cod Shipbuilding taking over (see the history of the Fish class written by Rick Meyer at

The Warren Shibuildng Marlin is now in Maine and for sale.  The boat comes with documentation, good sails, and a galvanized trailer.  She has been out of the water and needs some cosmetic attention.  The Marlin is available for a firm price of $6,600.  Contact Charlie at or (207) 322-7070.


SAY WHEN is a cold-molded BB25 built by Joel White in 1996.  She is well-equipped and in impeccable condition.  She has an asking price of $225K.  Here are the particulars: WHEN Detail listing.pdf

Whatever / Breaking News !!!
« on: December 09, 2011, 07:56:00 PM »
CONGRATULATIONS to member extraordinare Adam Albino and wife Jen.  They are the proud parents of a brand new baby boy ... Matthew Albino.

If I know Adam, he will be posting a photo up here soon.

A "new" BB15 has just been discovered.  It is hull #822, built in 1917.  It is in New Hampshire and in need of restoration.  The owner is looking for someone who will restore and properly care for her.

Miscellaneous Herreshoff Topics / A Few New Images
« on: July 13, 2011, 03:47:31 PM »
These images were taken in Mystic and Newport, July 9 & 10, 2011.  Enjoy.

SHARK, #791, at her mooring in Noank

PIXIE, #887, also in Noank.

NEITH, #665, motoring down river to Fishers Island Sound

AMORITA, #635, newly restored, off Newport harbor

Another view of AMORITA

Miscellaneous Herreshoff Topics / Hull Number Confidence Factor
« on: July 05, 2011, 07:30:51 PM »
Documenting the provenance of the 1100 sailboats built by HMCo is one of the main functions of The Herreshoff Registry.  The research required to do this entails compiling evidence from old newspaper articles, manufacturer’s records, extracts of museum archives, recollections of owners, observations of builders, yacht club yearbooks, race records, Lloyd’s Register entries, government registration documents, and so on.  It can be somewhat painstaking, and it is not uncommon for discrepancies to exist between the various sources.

Recently called into question is the issue of what evidence, and how much of it, is sufficient to make a decision regarding a particular boat’s hull number.  It is something of a balancing act.  If the criteria used are too lenient, many errors will be made.  If the criteria are too strict, many assignments that should be made won’t be, along with the discoveries they facilitate.

To help address this, I would suggest a “Confidence Factor” be associated with each hull number assignment, as summarized in the table below.  The Registry would use a hull number if the “CF” is 3 or above, and assign a 9000-series number if the “CF” is below 3 (or entirely unknown.)

Any comments, thoughts, or suggestions?

Confidence FactorDescriptionCharacteristics
1Nearly CertainThe plate is with the boat.  Corroborating evidence exists and/or there is no reason to believe the plate is not original to the boat.
2Highly ProbableThe plate is with the boat.  Corroborating evidence does not exist, leaving the possibility that the plate is not original to the boat, and/or there is a question as to whether the plate is original to the boat.
3ProbableThe plate is not with the boat, but corroborating, concrete documentary evidence exists.
4Possible, with questionsThe plate is not with the boat.  Corrobrating evidence exists, but it is circumstantial and questions may exist.
5Possible, but unlikelyThe plate is not with the boat.  Corrobrating evidence does not exist.

Specific Herreshoff Vessels / Doris
« on: June 02, 2011, 03:40:32 PM »
DORIS doesn't have much time left   :(

Miscellaneous Herreshoff Topics / H20 Video
« on: April 14, 2011, 02:36:25 PM »
Check out this video of Dan Shea and the new H20.

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